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 Leadership Steering Committee

  1. Sharon Alston, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment

    Enrollment, Office of

    Dr. Sharon Alston is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment. This is the area within the Office of the Provost which is tasked with the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of new first year and transfer students to American University, as well … More

    Send email to Sharon Alston

    (202) 885-6053

  2. Nana An, Assistant Vice President of Budget and Finance Resource Center

    Finance & Treasurer Office of

    Send email to Nana An

    (202) 885-2729

  3. Fanta Aw, Interim Vice President of Campus Life

    Campus Life

    Dr. Fanta Aw is Interim Vice President of Campus Life at American University in Washington D.C. The mission of the Office of Campus Life is to integrate students into a diverse learning community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual dev… More

    Send email to Fanta Aw

    (202) 885-3357

  4. Scott A. Bass, Professor

    Provost, Office of the

    Scott A. Bass is the Provost at AU and Professor of Public Administration and Policy. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass received the Donald P. Kent Award for exhibiting the highest standards for professional leadership in ge… More

    Send email to Scott A. Bass

    (202) 885-2127

  5. Mary Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost

    Academic Affairs, Office of

    Mary Clark is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost of American University. Dean Clark teaches in the area of Higher Education Law, Women’s Legal History, Legal Ethics, … More

    Send email to Mary Clark

    (202) 885-2155

  6. Larry Engel, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for Best Cinematography and the Mountain Spir… More

    Send email to Larry Engel

    (202) 885-2688

  7. Violeta Ettle, Vice Provost for Academic Administration

    Provost, Office of the

    As Vice Provost for Academic Administration, Violeta Ettle oversees financial and administrative activities for the Provost and serves as his liaison on issues regarding information technology, facilities planning, risk management, and human resource… More

    Send email to Violeta Ettle

    (202) 885-2720

  8. Teresa Flannery, Vice President of Communication

    University Comm and Marketing

    Terry Flannery has worked in higher education marketing for three decades. She is American University’s first chief communications and marketing officer and a member of the president’s cabinet. Establishing a full marketing program, beginning with ma… More

    Send email to Teresa Flannery

    (202) 885-2163

  9. Karen Froslid Jones, Assistant Provost, Institutional Research and Assessment

    Institutional Research

    Karen Froslid Jones is currently Assistant Provost of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) at American University. She oversees the institution’s institutional assessment program, including coordinating assessment of student learning. As part… More

    (202) 885-6155

  10. Gail Hanson, VP for Campus Life

    VP of Campus Life, Office of

    Gail Short Hanson has been at AU since July 1997. She provides senior executive leadership for 15 departments organized into two teams: the Student Learning Development Team and the Intercultural Team. Dr. Hanson has spent more than 35 years in highe… More

    Send email to Gail Hanson

    (202) 885-3484

  11. Mary Kennard, Adjunct Professor

    General Counsel, Office of

    Mary Kennard, is the chief legal counsel for the university and manages both the in-house and outside legal representation and services for the university. Kennard is a member of the president's cabinet. She has over 20 years experience in college an… More

    (202) 885-3285

  12. Douglas Kudravetz, CFO, Vice President and Treasurer

    Finance & Treasurer Office of

    Douglas Kudravetz was named Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer of American University in July 2014. As chief financial officer, he oversees the overall financial and investment management of the university. His executive responsibi… More

    Send email to Douglas Kudravetz

    (202) 885-3283

  13. Raina Lenney, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

    Alumni Relations

    Raina S. Lenney joined American University in October 2009. As assistant vice president of alumni relations, she is responsible for advancing the mission of the university through programs, benefits, and services designed to engage AU’s alumni consti… More

    Send email to Raina Lenney

    (202) 885-5936

  14. Beth Muha, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

    Human Resources

    I am like many members of the university community; I have enjoyed a long standing relationship that spans both staff and student status. Much has changed at AU and with me since I first joined as a staff member in the summer of 1989. For myself, my … More

    Send email to Beth Muha

    (202) 885-2451

  15. Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean, School of Communication

    SOC - School of Communication

    Since joining AU in June of 2012, Jeff has focused his energies on growing the Campaign for SOC and building on established partnerships to expand the Dean's Internships, launch a new Investigative Journalism Practicum with the Washington Post, and j… More

    Send email to Jeffrey Rutenbeck

    (202) 885-2058

  16. Kamalika Sandell, Adjunct Instructor

    OIT - Enterprise Systems

    Kamalika was recently promoted to Associate Chief Information Officer, serving as the second in command for the Office of Information Technology. In addition, she runs the Enterprise Systems unit within the Office of Information Technology. She has e… More

    Send email to Kamalika Sandell

    (202) 885-2123

  17. Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for 324 full-time faculty in 17 departments, 1820 undergraduate majors, 979 graduate students and over 40% of all enrollm… More

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    (202) 885-2446

  18. Courtney Surls, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

    Development, Office of

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  19. David Swartz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

    OIT - Office Admin

    Dave Swartz is American University’s vice president and chief information officer. Dr. Swartz has a long history of supporting university and health care computing and networking. Before coming to American University in 2007, he was the CIO at Georg… More

    Send email to David Swartz

    (202) 885-2612

  20. Jessica Waters, Assistant Professor

    Provost, Office of the

    Jessica Waters is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights law. Her … More

    Send email to Jessica Waters

    (202) 885-2301

  21. Lacey Wootton, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the College Writing Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in publishing, and returned to Berkeley to earn her te… More

    Send email to Lacey Wootton

    (202) 885-2982